For Those Who Miss Concerts and Raves

Jordan Mendiola

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Lollapalooza, Chicago’s most prolific music festival, was supposed to be the cherry on top of my deployment homecoming.

Last week, they announced the festival’s cancellation. Due to the pandemic and its climbing number of cases, I was not surprised about the cancellation.

Only disappointed.

I hold an extraordinary place in my heart for live shows. Anyone who understands the thrill of seeing a group or band they adore can relate to everything I plan to share.

Something about the excitement of buying the tickets is exciting.

Something about listening to all the songs before going is spiritual.

Something about planning your “perfect” outfit for the show is unique.

Something about drinking with your friends before showtime is thrilling.

I could go on and on about the way concerts affect my spirit and emotional health, but that’s not the point.

Will concerts ever be the same?

Three key points:

  • Social distancing give shows a different dynamic
  • Online shows and live streams will be more common
  • Going to concerts will be more meaningful

1. Social Distancing Give Shows a Different Dynamic

  • Along with wearing masks at the concerts, social distancing will most likely be at the forefront of security’s duties.

Without a completion date of an effective vaccine, we have no idea when we can fill up arenas and venues again.

“The best case scenario is for people to stop dying” — Wbur.

Musicians won’t be able to fill their shows as much as they’d like. With the public’s safety in mind, an arena with 4,000 seats may only be filled with 2,000 now.

I question the way standing room sections will be like.

At Lollapalooza, for example, people would be packed in up to the rails to see Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, or Billie Eilish.

Prices may skyrocket for venues to keep the headcount low. That would be unfortunate.

It’s going to be a very different vibe.

2. The Increased of Online Shows and Live Streams

  • Since artists need to make money in ways other than accumulating Spotify streams, they’ll need to innovate.

Many DJ’s such as Porter Robinson, Slander, Gryffin, and Martin Garrix has already posted hour-long DJ sets on YouTube.

They’re fun to watch, but not the same experience as a live show.

Digital concerts would be safer for the public’s health, but it’s not what the people want. We want to see our artists live.

Performers may charge a small fee for their shows in the future since streams and merchandise probably can’t sustain a decent enough living.

Prepare for the innovation of live-shows.

3. Going to Concerts Will Be More Meaningful

Since many members of the concert-going community have been patiently waiting to see a live show, when they finally get the chance to go will be extremely special.

If we’re only able to win a few tickets in a raffle (should they sell this way), then we’ll feel like we earned our way into the experience.

Since we know that we went through a drought of concert-going, the return of attending one again will be nostalgic.

Key Takeaways:

  • Social distancing give shows a different dynamic
  • Online shows and live streams will be more common
  • Going to concerts will be more meaningful

If we all do our part to wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and wash our hands, then we’ll be well on our way to a steady return to concerts.

We must trust in companies to come up with a vaccine sooner rather than later. The scientists in laboratories are working late nights with lots of pressure on them to cure the world.

Patience is a virtue, and soon music will be back to normal.

Let’s have a positive mindset and hope for the best!

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